“Big Data” is a term that’s come from nowhere in the last 5 years or so, and is now practically ubiquitous within IT. But is it useful or even meaningful? Doesn’t it put too much emphasis on size over content or value? Does it add anything to discussions at all? Or does it actually impede communication, by obscuring crucial differences between diverse kinds of data that all require different tools, algorithms and strategies?
(Talk presented at "Big Data for the Public Sector and Business Enterprise", London 2013)